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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Desert Dave, Mar 1, 2007.
Can you post a picture of the bike with a person sitting on it?
Yes please. I would like a brunette with dark skin and blue eyes.
Is that BMW chick available?
I wrote to the e-mail address Dave listed and received a prompt reply:
Wow! I love my DR, but I'm really tempted...
Is this based on the new '07 Monster 695? If so, the base Monster 695 weighs in at 370lb (battery not included). It looks like the forks have been replaced... no longer USD, also spoked wheels (larger front), and you've ditched one of the front disks/calipers? Monster 695 has a wet clutch, air-cooled, 10.5 compression ratio, and fuel injection. This adds plenty of clearance, bottom protection, and seat height. I presume it isn't going to have any of that CA emissions crap so those of us in the rest of the U.S. can continue to do our part for global warming and extend the riding season? (you're welcome)
Here's a comparison between the stock DR, the new BMW X challange and Monster 695 (presuming that's what's being used as a base)
DR650: power = 43 hp @ 6400 rpm torque = 54 Nm @ 4600 rpm
BMW X: power = 53 hp @ 7000 rpm torque = 59 Nm @ 5250 rpm
Monster 695: power = 73 hp @ 8500 rpm torque = 61 Nm @ 6750 rpm
Compared to my DR, higher revs, much more power (70%), a bit more torque (11%), and weight (15%). Oh, and a spare cylinder .
Motorcycle Mojo magazine tested the '07 monster 695 as getting 60mpg, so a 3.6gal tank isn't horrible... about the same range as my modded DR getting 45mpg with a 4.9gal IMS tank, or my wife's F650GS. Certainly better than the new BMW X-thumper (2.5gal).
Monster 695 lists at $7500 for reference.
Registration / titling / insurance is a big question, actually... how will that work? Also, it strikes me that the Monster engine is designed for the road (higher revs, air-cooled only, prioritizing power over torque, 6-speed (sweet!) transmission)... any concerns about grinding it on dirt at slow speeds for hours on end? Heat? Reliability?
Very, very cool. I'll be following this thread closely.
thats killer--especially at 370 pounds-hopefully they can position the pegs right for standing
That looks sweet.
Keep us posted.
It still looks taller than a trunk deck on a mid-ninties Buick.
I can't decide if god is going to exact a horrible price for screwing with a Ducati or give plenty of rewards for modify existing beauty into new forms. Either way, I love the looks!
Ducati's factory version:
While I do like the hypermotard, I'm pretty sure the terra mostro has more suspension travel and is designed to hold up offroad, where the hypermotard just looks the part...
I'm headed back to Bike Week on Friday....to check out the Ducati tent...will report back on any details that can be gleaned...must...have...Terra...Mostro.
This, by the way, is the XChallenge that we saw in a showroom in Daytona last Saturday....sticker was $9400+ dollars. 5 speeds, no ABS, and a gas tank only slightly bigger than my seven year old Husky has, but...you get a free bike pump under the seat "for the air shock so you can adjust it in the field". It's a $7500 dollar bike at best (but it does sit nicely). I may sign up for a demo on Friday...
Hey DD, i have never been a duc fan but i just might have to make an exception in this case if that thing is ever produced. that is the first real "adv. bike" god i hate that word....... that i have seen, except for the one floating around in my head:huh please let us know a few particulars as soon as you know. also looks like something should be done with that front fender to keep all the junk flying off the front tire from lodging itself into the eng.
man that thing looks good.
do they have a web site or did i miss it in this post?
seat height, looks like a corbin? i don't have a corbin butt
What, like this old thing?
You buy a Monster 695 and have it modified. The bike is titled as a Ducati 695.
Gearing will improve a 2v Ducati's low speed manners.
The 2v air-cooled engine with wet clutch is very reliable.
For all you guys wondering about luggage for a Monster.
Hepco + Becker makes racks for Monsters. Some mods would probably be needed since this DS Monster has different peg mounts that may require some fabbing to make the H+B mounts work.
Contact Chris at Eurotech, www.eurotechmotorsports.com , if you are interested in H+B mounts for a Ducati...
H+B makes plastic and aluminium panniers and top boxes.
I suggested this conversion a couple years ago to a fellow Ducati owner looking for a project, his thoughts were the frame wouldent hold up in stock form. Any thoughts on this.
I doubt the frame would be a problem. If it was it would be easy to modify. It's quite a bit beefier than an Elefant frame and I havent heard of any probs with them.
An idea whose time has come, again.......
I love how they've stayed true to the 'trellis' design with the skid plate.